Antidepressant Effexor Linked to Postpartum Bleeding in Study

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The antidepressant Effexor (venlafaxine) appears to increase a pregnant woman's risk of excess bleeding following labor, researchers say.

Women With Asthma May Be Prone to Fertility Problems: Study

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women with asthma may take longer to get pregnant and have a lower pregnancy rate than those without the lung disease, new research suggests.

Researchers Probe Colombia's Claim of No Birth Defects Linked to Zika

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- At first glance, it seems like a small ray of hope in the ongoing Zika epidemic hitting Latin America.

CDC Offering Zika Virus Tests for Pregnant Women

THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials are shipping test kits for the Zika virus to health departments around the country. They are to be used by pregnant women returning from Latin America and the Caribbean, where the virus may be to blame for severe birth defects.

CDC Reports Link Between Zika Virus and Microcephaly in Brazil

THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Traces of the Zika virus have been identified in the tissue of two babies who died in Brazil from a birth defect marked by underdeveloped heads and brains, U.S. health officials said Wednesday.

CDC Reports Link Between Zika Virus and Microcephaly

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Traces of the Zika virus have been identified in the tissue of two babies who died in Brazil from a birth defect marked by underdeveloped heads and brains, U.S. health officials said Wednesday.

Prenatal Acetaminophen Use Tied to Higher Asthma Risk in Kids: Study

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women who take the painkiller acetaminophen -- best known under the brand name Tylenol -- may be more likely to have a child with asthma, new research suggests.

Many U.S. Women Still Smoke Before, During Pregnancy: Report

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Despite the potential risks to their baby's health, roughly one in 10 women smoke in the three months before getting pregnant, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday.

Birth Defect Tied to Zika Virus Can Leave Children With Lifetime of Health Woes

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The thousands of babies born in Brazil with abnormally small heads and brains -- believed to be caused by infection in the womb with the Zika virus -- typically face a lifetime of health challenges, doctors say.

Pregnant Women Benefit From Tamiflu at First Sign of Flu: Study

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Early treatment with the antiviral drug Tamiflu (oseltamivir) may shorten hospital stays for pregnant women with the flu, especially those who are severely ill, new research suggests.